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   Hi! I'm Barbara Bowden and I have built an incredible practice in Pierce County over the past 25 years. We have a team of 6 dedicated criminal defense attorneys that have a combined 50+ years experience defending individuals charged with DUI and other misdemeanors.

    We also have a passion for fighting traffic tickets and we have successfully fought and won over 10,000 tickets.  If you have a DUI or Traffic Ticket please give us a call or visit us online, we will tip the scales in your favor!  We are located in Lakewood and we are open Saturday mornings for free consultations.


Languages spoken: Russian, Ukrainian

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    29 years, 5.6 thousand cases
  2. Speeding Ticket: 10%
    29 years, 10 thousand cases



Free consultation (45 minutes)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Linda Medeiros Callahan

    Barbara Bowden is a lawyer who knows DUI law like the back of her hand, who really cares about her clients, and who never shies away from a fight. She doesn't need to advertise--client referrals keep her in high demand--yet she keeps her fees affordable. Barbara is probably the busiest attorney I know--working every weekend and taking emergency calls in the wee hours. Because we often consult with each other on cases, I can personally vouch for how deeply she cares about her clients and how hard she works for them. Like many busy lawyers, she sometimes has others cover non-essential hearings when her presence is required elsewhere for trial or legal arguments. This is not unusual for a busy lawyer. If you have a licensing problem, she can probably fix it. She knows more about DOL and how to work that bureaucracy than any other lawyer I know. I endorse Barbara Bowden as a highly effective, caring and aggressive attorney.


    Linda Callahan DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sharon Elizabeth Chirichillo

    When I was a deputy prosecuting attorney, Ms. Bowden was one of the FEW attorneys who fought tenaciously for her clients. She would bring motions, raise issues, always seeking new area to advance her client's case. She fights for her clients and does not sell them out. She is one of the FEW criminal defense attorneys who work primarily in DUI that I respected because she got her job done. Her clients come first. At the time when I was a deputy prosecutor, I welcomed her collegial advocacy. She is smart, dedicated and has a keen humor that puts people at ease. Without any doubt I unequivocally endorse Ms. Bowden's work and her commitment to her clients. I am confident that people who are accused of DUI are in exceptional trust with Ms. Bowden. Her phone number is on my speed dial, she should be on yours.


    Sharon Chirichillo Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden, PS

5611 76th St W
Lakewood, WA, 98499

Law Offices Of Barbara A. Bowden, P.S.

708 Broadway, Suite 106
Tacoma, WA, 98402



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 DUI Attorneys State of WashingtonThe National Advocacy for DUI Defense2013
Clients Choice Award- Speeding TicketsAvvo2012
Clients Choice Award- DUIAvvo2012
American JurisprudenceJoint Publishers of the Total Client-Service Library1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge (Pro Tem)Eatonville Municipal Court2006 - 2006
Judge (Pro Tem)Pierce County District Court 41999 - 1999
Attorney - Rule 9Pierce County Prosecutor's Office1985 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2014 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationTop 1002014 - Present
American Association of Premier DUI AttorneysWinning DUI Cases2014 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2003 - Present
Tribal Court BarPuyallup Nation Court2003 - Present
Tacoma Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
United States District CourtLicensed to practice in Federal court1989 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Traffic InfractionDismissed
Traffic InfractionDismissed
Traffic InfractionDismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
AvvoAvvo Answers2013
AvvoAvvo Answers2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Highway Traffic SafetyN/ACertified FST Administrator2001
University of Washington School of LawN/ADUI Defense Skills Certificate Program1995
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Washington State UniversityBABusiness1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE 2011 Gig Harbor Criminal Justice SummitImpaired Driving2011
CLE - Licensing & DUILicensing & DUI Situations2010
CLE Annual Year End Potpourri ProgramIgnition Interlock2009
CLE - Cars and CrimesDealing with DOL2009
2008 YMCA Mock Trial State CompetitionYMCA Mock Trial2008
CLE District Court PracticeGetting Your drivers license back2007
CLE Beginning to advanced DUI CLEDUI's2007